Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

Ready to sacrifice everything?

Of course not. No one is. Even suicide bombers, who give their lives to kill others, only do so because they believe that this brings them lucrative Paradise, the image of a saint on earth and much money to the family members they leave behind. And, to be “fair” to them, they often have an idealism in which they see hatred as a great way to improve the world. Someone clouded their moral compass at a very young age.

A hero is not someone who believes in something at the risk of losing it all. Hitler did. A hero is someone who’s true to herself or himself.

We don’t need more daredevils ready to die for their principles. Where are people who will dare to live in accordance with their deepest beliefs?

Nike celebrated 30 years Just Do It and didn’t lose everything doing so.

They picked an African-American, and a militant one for that matter. Not some aggressor or an advocate for war, but rather someone who’s not taking racism lightly. That is a nice stand from Nike against racism.

Though we could do with less stereotyping Blacks as great at sports and music and more as scientists and therapists.

And too bad they didn’t pick a minority woman. When promoting fast feet wear, why not think of multi-tasking humans?

And now, Nike has politicized its brand. Buying Nikes became a statement against bigotry while neo-conservatives now need to burn them. Kind of ridiculous.

I think that it would be better against US racism if Nike cut out all racism at its factories and then share their position as an example of making good stuff and creating a better world for all in one go (pun not intended).

Did you hear about research that running shoes may actually hurt you? More specifically: your joints. Isn’t this more than you want to sacrifice? Ever thought why Ethiopian runners that win marathons run barefoot?

Anyway, their products are way too expensive and try to make snobs out of young people from families that don’t have that kind of money. Forbid designer shoes and clothes at schools and sports clubs! Just Don’t Do It.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Holocaust survivors in The Netherlands, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Dutch Holocaust survivors. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. How ironic that he who had three times 90 for Dutch at his finals is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew. G-d definitely has a sense of humor. His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and LBCHLCH, Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo and Rav Zev Leff. Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. His fields of attention are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality), Medicine, Science, Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism), Oppression and Liberation (of young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQI, foreigners, and anyone else who's dehumanized and exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation) and Veganism. Many of his posts will relate to current affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or to new insights that suddenly befell him. He always tries to bring something original and to avoid boring you or wasting your time with the obvious. To send a personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click on Contact Me.
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